When an addict or an alcoholic decides to get sober, they often need treatment in order to do so successfully. There are many different styles of treatment, ranging from outpatient to residential facilities. Different methods of treatment have different benefits for patients, and choosing the right treatment depends upon the patient’s individual needs. At the Discovery Institute of New Jersey, one of the forms of treatment that we offer is an intensive outpatient program, or IOP.
What is an Intensive Outpatient Program?
Treatment can be done on an outpatient, intensive outpatient, or residential basis. The difference in these programs is the amount of time dedicated to treatment and the level of immersion the patient experiences when enrolled in their recovery program. Each style of treatment has specific advantages, and individuals with diverse needs can benefit from each program based upon their specific treatment goals and life circumstances at their time of admission into rehab. The programs most typically offered by drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities are:
Outpatient Treatment (OP)
This is the least-intensive level of treatment, and it occurs on a part-time outpatient basis in which the client attends clinical hours for one portion of the week, while maintaining a job, enrollment in school, or other normal daily routines for most of the week. Outpatient programs typically consist of about 1-2 clinical hours of treatment per week, in which clients attend group and individual therapy sessions. During the rest of the week, clients live at home or in a sober living facility and are free to pursue employment, hobbies, and normal daily life. This stage of treatment is ideal for clients who have completed a higher level of care in inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment. OP provides the continued recovery support clients need when they are transitioning back into “the real world” following full-time treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP is a higher level of treatment than OP, and typically consists of 9 hours of clinical treatment during the week, usually spread over 3 to 5 days. Patients attend treatment part-time during the day or evening, attending group and individual therapy sessions. During non-treatment hours, patients may live at home or in a sober living residence. Patients can pursue part-time work or academic commitments in their free time and are often encouraged to attend regular recovery meetings through 12 step programs in the community. IOP is a step between residential treatment and outpatient treatment. These programs offer the benefit of continuing regular, frequent therapeutic addiction treatment for clients while also allowing them to slowly adjust to building a regular daily routine. IOP is a great option for clients who have recently completed inpatient treatment and still need or desire immersive treatment and support as they re-assimilate into society and “the real world.”
Do I need inpatient or residential treatment before outpatient?
Inpatient addiction treatment is the highest level of care. Patients enrolled in inpatient or residential treatment attend clinical hours full time, and live on campus at their treatment facility under 24/7 care by the clinical and technician staff. This is recommended as the first step for most patients. In order to be successful, it is highly recommended that patients follow an aftercare plan post-treatment, through an IOP or OP program that can continue to support them in their recovery.
The Intensive Outpatient Program at the Discovery Institute
The Discovery Institute offers an intensive outpatient program for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The program can be a step down after residential treatment, and can also be a place to start for people that have life and family commitments that don’t allow them to take the time for residential treatment.
Intensive outpatient (IOP) rehab addresses the same issues regarding addiction and recovery that residential treatment does. The key difference is that at the end of the day, the client returns to their own home or to their sober living residence. This is a good program for clients who have a solid support system at home that can aid in their recovery, or for clients who are unable to commit to inpatient, full-time treatment due to family, work, or school obligations. IOP also benefits clients who need additional support and treatment after completing an inpatient rehab program.
At Discovery, we create an individualized intensive outpatient program for each client based on their individual needs. Upon patient arrival, our staff conducts an intake assessment to determine the client’s addiction history and any underlying medical or psychological conditions that may contribute to addictive behaviors. Through a comprehensive medical exam, our doctors identify physical conditions that require treatment alongside addiction treatment, and diagnose any co-occurring mood disorders, commonly referred to as a “dual diagnosis.” It is important to identify and treat these issues to give our patients the best possible chance at recovery.
The Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders, Inc. has a comprehensive outpatient program which includes both the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and the standard/traditional Outpatient Program (OP.) The Intensive Outpatient Program provides nine hours of services per week while the Outpatient Program typically meets for one to two hours per week. During IOP and OP, clients will participate in a variety of individual and group therapy sessions that promote recovery, healthy coping skills, emotional processing, communication, and self-esteem. Discovery Institute encourages involvement in 12 step fellowship meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, alongside IOP and OP participation.
During programming, clients will experience psycho-educational lectures about the disease of addiction as well as groups with a strong emphasis on relapse prevention. All IOP services, like every program at Discovery, are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Clients range from those mandated to treatment through drug court and probation, to individuals who enter the outpatient program voluntarily. Discovery accepts insured clients and state funding is available for those who qualify.
Discovery Institute also provides services for individuals who are mandated to treatment due to DUI convictions. Our clinicians work closely with the Intoxicated Drivers Resource Center (IDRC). All clients, regardless of how they chose Discovery, are closely monitored and are randomly drug-screened on a weekly basis via urinalysis, to ensure the safety and sobriety of our community.
At Discovery, we work to make aftercare arrangements for all of our patients, in an effort to maintain continuity of care. Intensive outpatient and outpatient clients are held accountable and supported by clinical staff during treatment to ensure a smooth transition back into the community and normal daily life. Discovery’s outpatient staff also aids clients in need of housing, and all clients receive appropriate referrals for physicians and mental health practitioners after completion of treatment. If you need quality IOP services to support your recovery journey, please call Discovery at 844-433-1101 for confidential assistance.